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16th Aug 2018

PIC: Everyone Saying Same Knowledgeable Thing Online About This Clamped Garda Car

Darragh Berry

You’d be a brave man or woman to clamp a garda car and this latest photo has got loadsa people commenting, but not for the reason that everyone expected. shared this on their Facebook page of a Garda car being clamped while parking on a double yellow line.

The clamp is on the front tyre of the driver’s side.

The picture was posted on Wednesday morning and the majority of comments on a Reddit thread were quick to point out the one vital aspect that was wrong with the whole photo…

Basic common sense tells you that you don’t clamp a Garda car”

“It’s illegal to clamp any emergency or garda vehicle”

“To clamp a Garda vehicle, you would be obstructing them in their course of duty. An offence that carries time.”

One person pointed out that if clampers were able to clamp Gardaí, would Gardaí be able to clamp clampers in return making it one vicious cycle.

The Road Traffic Act 2014 states that:

(1) Requirements under the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2010 relating to vehicles and requirements, restrictions and prohibitions relating to the driving and use of vehicles, other than those provided under sections 49, 50, 51A, 52 and 53 of the Principal Act, sections 12, 13 and 15 of the Act of 1994 and sections 4, 5, 11, 12 and 14 of this Act, do not apply to—

(a) the driving or use by a member of the Garda Síochána, an ambulance service (provided by a pre-hospital emergency care service provider recognised by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council established by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (Establishment) Order 2000 ( S.I. No. 109 of 2000 )) or a fire brigade of a fire authority (within the meaning of the Fire Services Act 1981 ) of a vehicle in the performance of the duties of that member, or

(b) a person driving or using a vehicle under the direction of a member of the Garda Síochána, where such use does not endanger the safety of road users.”.

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